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Christmas involves a lot of travelling, families getting together, escapes to warmer climates, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds and Wisemen to a stable. The Wisemen didn't have to put up with industrial disputes on the trains or planes nor the M6, but they did need to get advice on the exact direction. Over the years I have done a lot of travelling and used to get out the map book to find my way there and then, once I'd been there, I could usually find my way again. Not now, I do as I am told by the Sat Nav. The trouble is I have become dependent upon it and I find I have to keep using it because I don't take as much notice of where I am going. I know I only need to remember the postcode each time and up pops the route, but it's not the same as knowing how to get there. Journeying is more than the destination. I find myself, at the end of the year, looking back at the route I have travelled this last year - events and experiences, companions and conversations, achievements and failures, do I need to change anything? I am not thinking about holiday destinations but my route in life, what I have done and what I hope to achieve next year. At the changing of the year, it is important that each of us thinks about why we do what we do. Is life taking us where we want to go? What values are at the heart of what we do and who is our guide? For after all, if you want to change your life you have to change your priorities! Whatever you decide may God guide you in the ways of peace, joy and fulfilment in 2017.
Take time to browse our site and find out about our Church. If you need any further information, please email our Church office or Stephen, our Minister, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
As many of you will be aware Stephen is due to go into hospital for a hip replacement on Thursday 9 February and is not expected to be back taking services until 9 April. All pastoral matters should be directed to our Superintendent Minister Revd Adrian Burdon 01253 734372 email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer any other matters to the stewards who will know whom to contact in Stephen's absence.>
Visit of Vice President to Conference, Rachel Lampard and Presentation to David Elliston
VISIT OF VICE PRESIDENT
CIRCUIT SERVICE ON SUNDAY 8th JANUARY 2017 AT 10.30 A.M.
Methodist Conference, Rachel Lampard,
We welcomed Rachel Lampard to Church Road as she visited the South Fylde Circuit during her year of office as Vice President of the Methodist Conference.
Rachel will of course be remembered by many at Church Road as the daughter of one of our former ministers, the Reverend John Lampard. John was our minister from 1976 to 1981. Both Rachel and her younger brother Daniel were very lively members of the Sunday School during their time at Church Road!
Rachel is now the leader of the Joint Public Issues Team, which has for many years been at the forefront of campaigns about UK poverty, nuclear weapons and climate change. She has been a Commissioner with the Gambling Commission since 2006 and is an active member of Winchester Road Methodist church in Walthamstow.
During the Service Rachel presented David Elliston with a certificate in recognition of his 60years as a Local Preacher in the Methodist Church
Visit of Rev Mark Slaney World Church Sunday 19th February 2017
WORLD CHURCH SUNDAY
SUNDAY 19th FEBRUARY 2017 Morning Worship at 10.30 a.m. led by Rev Mark Slaney,
Superintendent of the Preston Ribble Circuit In the Lancashire District
we currently celebrate two active Methodist Church partnerships overseas.
In Oceania we partner with the Methodist Church of Papua New Guinea focusing support on the Ministerial Training College where former Burnley Circuit Minister Rev Garo Kilagi is Principal. In West Africa we have been partnering with the Methodist Church Sierra Leone for over ten years. In the east of the country we have built, developed and help manage the Red Rose Training Centre in the town of Kailahun.
This provides practical skills training in carpentry and tailoring for young adults many of whom missed their schooling due to the civil war experienced throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium. We also offer support to Nixon Memorial Hospital in the village of Segbwema where, for example, in 2013 a mission team from Lancashire renovated the room and installed new equipment bringing the operating theatre back into use. The hospital site was occupied by the rebel army as their base camp during the conflict.
Rev Mark Slaney co-led the 2013 mission trip to Sierra Leone. In February 2016, as a representative of the District along with John Spencer, he visited the country again following the ebola virus outbreak. If all goes to plan another District Mission Team will head out to the hospital and training centre at the end of January / beginning of February 2017. So, Mark should come to Church Road, St Annes fresh from the most recent encounter in West Africa with plenty of stories to tell and photos to share! On the Sunday there will be envelopes available to donate to the Methodist Fund for World Mission.
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHURCH PREMISES
Since the Day Centre moved from Church Road and Orange terminated their contract for the use of the tower, Church Road has been considering its financial position alongside the viability of the Church Buildings. ....read more